Best of Christmas 2014

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Christmas is the most important time of the year for brands and retailers, and that’s reflected in the high profile given to festive TV ads. Many Christmas TV ads feature music, and the right choice of song helps make an ad successful. This year’s efforts have received more than 1.1 million views here at TV Ad Music, but which which was the most popular? Here’s our annual run-down of the top ten most-clicked Christmas TV Ad Music of 2014.

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#10: John Lewis – Monty The Penguin Watch
Music: Tom Odell – Real Love iTunes / Amazon

For the second successive year, the much-hyped John Lewis Christmas TV ad just scrapes into our top ten. The 2014 ad introduces Monty the penguin, and is soundtracked by Tom Odell’s specially commissioned cover version of John Lennon’s Real Love, a song that was originally recorded shortly before Lennon’s death in 1980, and then released on the Imagine: John Lennon soundtrack album.

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#9: Sainsbury’s – Christmas Is For Sharing Watch
Music: Carter Burwell – The Wicked Flee (from True Grit) iTunes / Amazon

In one of this year’s most talked-about Christmas TV ads, Sainsbury’s takes us back a hundred years to Christmas 1914, with a touching re-imagining of the events surrounding the Christmas Truce, with soldiers playing football and sharing chocolate. The second half of the ad then features a piano and orchestral piece called The Wicked Flee, from the movie soundtrack of the 2010 version of True Grit, composed by Carter Burwell.

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#8: Boots – Special Because Christmas 2014 Watch
Music: Alexi Murdoch – Song For You iTunes / Amazon

Another unusual and touching Christmas TV ad from Boots, this shows a family putting their festivities on hold while waiting for mum to finish her night shift as a nurse. The track used in the ad is the Coldplay-esque Song For You by Alexi Murdoch, from the British singer/songwriter’s Time Without Consequence album.

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#7: Debenhams – Found It! Christmas 2014 Watch
Music: Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus – We All Stand Together iTunes / Amazon

One of the first big Christmas TV ads to air in 2014, this Debenhams effort features We All Stand Together by Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus, which was originally recorded for the soundtrack of the 1983 animated film Rupert and the Frog Song, and then re-released as a Christmas single in 1984.

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#6: Marks & Spencer – Follow The Fairies Christmas 2014 Watch
Music: Julie London – Fly Me To The Moon iTunes / Amazon

M&S introduce two fashionable fairies, Magic & Sparkle, in their Christmas 2014 TV ads. The track is Julie London’s version of Fly Me To The Moon, recorded in 1963, a year before Frank Sinatra’s very popular version. M&S also released an updated ad with an updated version of the song, featuring Gregory Porter’s vocals added to create a duet.

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#5: Argos – Get Set For Advent Christmas 2014 Watch
Music: Run-DMC – Christmas In Hollis iTunes / Amazon

The Argos Christmas TV ad was one of very few this year to actually use a Christmas song, namely Run-DMC’s Christmas In Hollis, a festive hip-hop track that was released as a single and on the A&M records compilation A Very Special Christmas in 1987, and featured in the classic Christmas-set movie Die Hard in 1988.

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#4: KFC – The Boy Who Learnt To Share Watch
Music: George Ogilvie – Give iTunes / Amazon

KFC waited until the beginning of December(!) to launch this very popular Christmas 2014 TV ad, “The Boy Who Learnt To Share”, the touching tale of how six-year-old Charlie learnt the joy of sharing. The song was specially recorded for the ad. It’s called Give, was written by Michael Blainey and Pete Blyth, and is performed by an upcoming 20-year-old singer/songwriter George Ogilvie.

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#3: Littlewoods – Aladdin Christmas 2014
Music: Sam and the Womp – Bom Bom iTunes / Amazon

Littlewoods’ Aladdin pantomime-themed Christmas 2014 TV ad stars Myleene Klass as a genie who appears from a magic lamp, and Christopher Biggins as a bazaar stall holder. The very popular featured track is a not-very-Christmassy Balkan-infused dance anthem from summer 2012, Bom Bom by Sam and the Womp.

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#2: Very.co.uk – Step Into Christmas In Style
Music: Beuys Toys – Thimbles

A miniaturised Fearne Cotton and friends step into Christmas 2014 in this festive Very.co.uk TV ad, which features an extremely popular piece of Christmas-flavoured electronic music. The specially-composed track is Thimbles by Beuys Toys.

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#1: House of Fraser – Christmas 2014
Music: Seinabo Sey – Younger (Kygo Remix) iTunes / Amazon

On its own, this House of Fraser effort, featuring a group of gift-giving models, wouldn’t have been our favourite Christmas ad of the year. But it does feature the most popular TV Ad Music of Christmas 2014 in the shape of the much-requested Kygo remix of Younger by Seinabo Sey. Kygo is a Norwegian DJ, and Seinabo Sey is a Swedish pop singer, and both have been propelled to stardom by the success of this track. It may not feature sleigh bells or Noddy Holder, but Younger is the top TV Ad Music track of Christmas 2014.

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See all Christmas 2014 TV Ad Music here